Harbours constructed in Raa Ungoofaru and Noonu Manadhoo with loan assistance from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) was officially opened by French ambassador Jean-Paul Monchau on Thursday (August 7).
Contracts for the harbour construction project was signed with the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company in August 2011, according to local media.
While the Ungoofaru harbour was completed in May 2014 at a cost of US$2.7 million, the Manadhoo harbour was completed in October 2013 at a cost of US$3.9 million.
Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has yesterday (March 17) inaugurated the harbour reconstruction project on Gulhi island in Malé atoll.
The vice president said that the initiation of the island’s harbor project would in turn lead to a better life for the people.
He went on to say that this government would determine the difficulties being faced by the people in carrying out its developmental projects. He also said that the government would not exclude anyone in delivering its services.
Prior to his visit to Gulhi Island, Jameel inaugurated the Kaafu Guraidhoo harbour construction project.
According to a President’s Office press statement, during his speech the vice president reiterated the government’s commitment to fulfil its pledges to the people. He remarked that the developmental endeavors of the administration would completely transform the country by the end of its five-year term.
The Bandidhoo harbour project officially recommenced yesterday (March 10) after a five year pause in construction.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Dr Mohamed Muizzu and Meedhoo MP Ahmed Siyam Mohamed were at the ceremony to inaugurate the project, Sun Online reported.
The project was initially started by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s government in 2008, and stopped during that year’s change in government.
Sun Online reported that Housing Minister Dr Muizzu said the present government would fulfil its pledges and produce results, as it has proved over the past few months.
A special harbour is to be constructed in order to serve safari vessels catering for tourists, the Tourism Ministry has announced.
Deputy Minister for Tourism Mohamed Maleeh Jamal told local media that the harbour will be constructed along with the second phase of the Hulhumale’ development project and that work will begin soon.
“Safaris are in need of a good harbour. So far we have not been able to facilitate this. It is included in the fourth master plan, and during our various meetings, the idea is to build a harbour especially for safaris,” Maleeh was quoted as saying in local media.
The deputy minister did not specify the size or the facilities the harbour would provide, local media reported.
The Maldives Transport and Construction Company (MTCC) has begun a 10-month harbour construction project on the island of Gemanafushi in Gaafu Alif Atoll.
The project aims to reconstruct a 304 metre long and 91 metre wide harbour in place of the old habour, which is in ruin and insufficient for use, local media reported.
President of Gemanafushi Council Asim Mohamed told local media that work on the project begun on January 24, adding that MTCC were given 10 months to complete the project.
Asim thanked president Waheed for starting the project soon after making a promise to do so on a recent visit to the island.
“When President Waheed visited this island a while ago, he promised that a new harbour would be constructed here. Within a short period of time, work on what will be one the best harbours in the Maldives has begun here.
“I thank President Waheed in my own name, as well as on behalf of the people of this island”, Asim was quoted as saying in Sun Online.